A council spent £140,000 building a massive ‘Berlin Wall-style’ metal-spiked fence around a housing estate in south London.

Southwark Council splashed £200 per metre on the 8ft-high, 700 metre-long eyesore surrounding four blocks on the Aylesbury Estate.

Council bosses, who have been facing protests over the estate’s planned demolition, claimed the hoarding was put up for the safety of residents.

Reported by the Evening Standard. You can read the full story here. 

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